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A House Of Cards On Fire

Every once in awhile, I imagine no greater satisfaction then taking a sledge hammer to every piece of technology in my life and smashing them into small enough pieces that I can fill my pockets with their remains, and slowly, over time, empty the dust onto the exercise grounds of Shawshank Prison, where I serve my time for having gone postal over having one too many glitches send me over the edge. Today is one of those days. I let a friend borrow a hard drive, and tonight i hooked it back up, turned it on, my iMac froze up, and now my whole computer’s dead. It won’t boot. Under any condition. For no reason. And I am so furious, as I had so many other pressing tasks already to attend to, and now i have to sit and wait for a DVD to burn so I can, instead of getting the other things done, try and get that computer back up and running.

I swear, some times i feel like any minor change, even just sneezing, could cause some ridiculous chain reaction and for no logical reason, you’re down. Well, sure, there probably is a logical reason, but the time spent trying to just recover is more than enough wasted time, let alone trying to piece together the possible root cause for some freak anomaly. Like I have time for that.

I wanna live the Office Space moment right now… the one with the copier in the vacant lot and the sledge hammers. Damn, it’d feel good to be a gansta.

Grrrrrrrrrr….

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Written by gsm

04/30/2007 at 8:45 pm

Posted in  Computing 

Getting A Header Myself

This month’s header: A photo of an abandoned British barrack on an island off the southern most tip of Asia. One taken on my Singapore trip, and an integral part of the forthcoming part three of that memorable adventure.

Written by gsm

04/30/2007 at 3:06 pm

Posted in  Miscellaneous 

Are You Ready To Roomba?

What do you get when you combine kids, a lazy Saturday afternoon and the arrival of a robotic vacuum? Screams, running, laughter, and a clean, clean floor. I check woot.com daily for their offerings, and I’ve often thought a Roomba robotic vacuum for the house would be a great time saver and investment, so when it popped up at a great price, and after doing some due diligence in the way of research, I ordered it. It’s only been here a day, so it’s early to be touting it’s benefits and functionality, but my initial impressions have been good ones, and if this lives up to the reviews and reputations we’ll have some daily help keeping up on the dust and crumbs that come with a home and kids. Meanwhile, the kids are thrilled when it’s in motion and have named it like a pet. A pet that cleans up after itself.

Written by gsm

04/30/2007 at 8:08 am

Posted in  Miscellaneous 

“Well, What Would You Say… You Do Here?”

Well, I get the specifications from the customers and I take them down to the software engineers. Oh, and along with my role tied to an internal project related website, I also deal with engineering related projects and updates. For example, we’ve just released Battery Update 1.2, which I’ve been the project manager of for the life of the project. It’s an update that will be visible and installed by probably every apple customer that uses a MacBook or a MacBook Pro, and I’ve had the honor of shepherding it through the process from definition to delivery. I’ve worked with some awesome engineering, marketing, QA and support team members and I’m thrilled to be able to say it’s now available for immediate download.

I already told you. I deal with the goddamn customers so the engineers don’t have to!! I have people skills!! I am good at dealing with people!!! Can’t you understand that?!? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!!!!!!!

Written by gsm

04/27/2007 at 2:46 pm

Posted in  Humor ,  Journal 

“Well, What Would You Say… You Do Here?”

Well, I get the specifications from the customers and I take them down to the software engineers. Oh, and along with my role tied to an internal project related website, I also deal with engineering related projects and updates. For example, we’ve just released Battery Update 1.2, which I’ve been the project manager of for the life of the project. It’s an update that will be visible and installed by probably every apple customer that uses a MacBook or a MacBook Pro, and I’ve had the honor of shepherding it through the process from definition to delivery. I’ve worked with some awesome engineering, marketing, QA and support team members and I’m thrilled to be able to say it’s now available for immediate download.

I already told you. I deal with the goddamn customers so the engineers don’t have to!! I have people skills!! I am good at dealing with people!!! Can’t you understand that?!? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!!!!!!!

Written by gsm

04/27/2007 at 2:46 pm

Posted in  Humor ,  Journal 

What Was I Thinking?

I, like I am sure we all do, get my fair share of emails with jokes that require scrolling down to reach the punch line, home loan solicitations, viagra ads, and images of kittens doing stupid things with stupid captions that only amuse the same demographic that kept “Full House” on the air for so many years. But every once in awhile something comes across that is actually entertaining, insightful or moving. And this week a very good friend of many years sent a “Joke” email that was not only funny, but frighteningly familiar. As I was reading it, chuckling, I started to recognize my own actions. I started to wonder how the author knew. I started to search the house for hidden cameras and microphones.

I’ve lamented before about a fading ability to stay on track, remain focused, and just frickin’ accomplish one task. I use the metaphor of being the guy on an old Ed Sullivan show that’s doing the ‘spinning plates on sticks‘ bit.. and it’s unbearably frustrating to find myself running between five or more ‘spinning plates’, trying just to keep them balanced, and having more plates stuck in front of me along the way…. I do the best I can to keep them all going, but sooner or later there’s ones that never gets started, and some that crash and shatter from my inability to keep on them all at the same time.

I have to admit that much of this is my own doing, as I’m usually prone to being easily distracted by the bright shine of some new gadget, new software, ideas for this website, setting up and managing my video library, or any other wide range of ‘optional’ choices that I make and undertake. So in reality, the person handing the plates to me is…. me. Life’s got it’s own case of plates to hand me in the realm of work, home, family, and all that goes with it. And then I’m going off and getting more out of my own inability to reign in my desire to be doing anything and everything all at once.

I remember once, at Confoti, when I was struggling to really communicate why it was taking so long to complete a specific task, taking a pad and paper and making a list of every single task that came my way that took me “off task” during a full day. The list was two pages long and had a detailed hierarchy of interruptions that each had their own subsequent distractions or sub-issues… it was “crazy making” to just read. And it read very much like the following list does.

When I read what JF sent me, I felt a sense of comfort and kinship to know that there’s others our there are struggling with the same condition. To quote Steven Wright, when referencing that jarring sensation of falling one occasionally feels as they’re going to sleep…. “… I feel that way all the time“.

Read this. Follow the sequence of events. Then please let me know that it’s not just me. :-)

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Written by gsm

04/27/2007 at 2:05 pm

Posted in  Humor ,  Journal 

I’ll Try Again Another Day

Echoing my friend’s actions, I too have removed “24” from my list of favorite TV Shows. I’ve always had to take the show with a grain of salt, but it’s reached a point that the Morton Girl’s having to make deliveries by the case. It’s not only jumped the shark, it’s pole vaulted it. That being said, there’s been some weak seasons in it’s history and I’m not opposed to sticking it out to stay up to speed and giving it another chance next season. Season 1 remains a phenomenal one that everybody should check out. I’ll just reserve subjecting family and friend to a reference to the current season until/unless they somehow pull it out of the nose dive. And hey, isn’t that what Jack does?

Written by gsm

04/26/2007 at 8:08 am

Posted in  Miscellaneous